Perko - Marine Equipment & Hardware

Perko was established in the New York, USA in 1900 by Frederick Persky and a partner, initially known as F. Persky & Company, who manufacturered lanterns out of the basement of his house.

In 1907 Fredericks son joined in the business where they grew the company, its product line, and manufacturing facilities and moved to specilaise in marine lanterns. This company stopped operating whn Frederick became president of National Marine Lamp Company until 1916 when they reestablished their own business, now called Perkins Marine.

Perkins Marine now concentrated on manufacturing marine products from sheet metal and they published their first marine deck equipment catalogue in 1916. As a sign of quality and trusted craftmanship, starting in 1922, each of Perkins Marine products now left the factory with a PERKO seal of approval, now a trademark. Leading into 1932 Perkins Marine added several marine hardware products into their product range and they enjoyed exceptional growth.

When Frederick sadly passed, Louis Perkins became president and his son, Marvin, joined the firm, expanding to a point where they had to leave their Brooklyn factory - Miami was the destination.

In Florida Marvin took the reins when his father sadly passed away in 1964. By 1965 they had established a 47,000 square foot extension to their facility housing a sophisticated die-casting system that is still used today.

Fred Perkins, Marvin's older son, entered the family business in the late 1960's and was known as one of the authorities on navigation light requirements. In 1977 Perkins Marine Lamp and Hadware Corporation became PERKO Inc.

Through the 1970's and 1980's PERKO expanded bring a 35,000 square foot plastics injection moulding wing to the facility, opening up even more product lines. This move to an in-house manufacturing model allows Perko to manage and ensure product quality without relying on outside vendors and they operate like this to this day, only relying on third parties when necessary.

Moving into the new millenium Perko continued to bring new manufacturing processes into the factory such as sand casting, an automated found pouring aluminium, bronze, and stainless steel, chrome plating, mechanical power press equipment, and in-house tool & die design and production.

Perko focus on the future and provide products backed with outstanding commitment to excellence.

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